QDS offers the highest level of sales and distribution services for independent publishers looking to reach their core consumers. Its origins are deeply rooted in the strength of “special sales” accounts. The QDS sales organization is designed to reach specialty accounts, as well as service traditional booksellers, wholesalers, and on-line retailers. Regional managers based in strategic geographical regions are responsible for cross-channel selling, and are supplemented by a dedicated telephone sales team organized by category. We treat every title individually, identifying the right customers, in the right channels, to reach the core enthusiast consumer.

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Contact Info

400 First Avenue North
Suite 400
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Tel: +1 612 344 8100
Fax: +1 612 344 8691

John Groton, Director
     Tel: +1 860 245 5222
     Email: john.groton@quarto.com
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Why QDS?
Every publisher’s books are sold by an experienced and dedicated sales team that services major accounts such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Baker & Taylor, Ingram, Books-A-Million and independent bookstores. Equally significant are the specialty accounts that are growing in importance, and in sales.

In some cases, a book’s dominant channel could be hardware stores; in others, it could be a gift store, gourmet shop, museum, or even a car dealership. We cover them all.

As a QDS client, you will be brought into a collaborative environment where the collective goal is to build a sales plan for your publishing program that will result in the best return on our mutual investment. We do not pretend to be anything other than experts in the categories we work with every day, so if you publish primarily fiction, QDS is likely not the distribution partner for you!

Our Services
The core services we provide are:

  • • Warehousing
  • • Order Fulfillment
  • • Special Handling
  • • Returns Processing
  • • Billings & Collections
  • • Sales and Sales Reporting
  • • Inventory Management
  • • Web-Access to Sales & Inventory Information

In addition, we also provide:

  • • Print-On-Demand (POD) and Digital Short-Run Printing (DSR)
  • • eBook Production and Distribution
  • • Special Handling
  • • Direct-to-Consumer Sales

As a QDS client, you can be assured of reaching major book retailers, independent bookstores, warehouse clubs, mass merchandise retailers, and specialty accounts that match your content.

Latest news

January 24, 2017
Amelia Earhart and Mabrook! A World of Muslim Weddings, both from Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, and The Hello Atlas from Wide Eyed Editions have been selected as part of the Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2017 in the US. This annual cooperative project of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the Children’s Book Council aims to gather “an annual reading list of exceptional books for use in social studies classrooms, selected by social studies educators.”
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January 19, 2017
Author of Unseen London and London Uncovered published by Frances Lincoln, an imprint of The Quarto Group, Peter Dazeley has been awarded The British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for his services to photography and charity.
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July 25, 2016
LONDON, 20 July 2016 – The Quarto Group (LSE: QRT) is pleased to announce the following Leadership appointments, effective from 1 January 2017 and reporting to Marcus E. Leaver, Chief Executive Officer of The Quarto Group.
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